Breeders’ Cup hero Tamarkuz retired to stud

Tamarkuz: son of Speightstown will stand at a fee of $12,500

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker ( Breeders' Cup hero Tamarkuz retired to stud By Martin Stevens 1:11AM 8 NOV 2016

TAMARKUZ, the authoritative winner of the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on Friday, has been retired from racing.

The six-year-old son of Speightstown will start his stallion career at his owner Hamdan Al Maktoum's Shadwell Farm in Kentucky next year.

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John Gunther bred Tamarkuz out of the unraced Lemon Drop Kid mare Without You Babe, a half-sister to top-class pair Andromeda's Hero and Stay Thirsty.

Shadwell bought the horse for $325,000 from the Keeneland September Yearling Sale although he was originally trained by Saeed Bin Suroor in Britain for Godolphin.

Tamarkuz was saddled by Suroor to win three races on the All-Weather and after a stint in Meydan, where he won the Godolphin Mile, he joined Kiaran McLaughlin in the US.

He finished second in the Grade 1 Forego Stakes and Grade 2 Kelso Handicap before defeating Gun Runner by three and a half lengths to win at the Breeders' Cup on Friday.

Tamarkuz will stand at a fee of $12,500.

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